Billy Corgan won't reunite original Pumpkins lineup

Billy Corgan says it would be an “inorganic” move to reunite with the original members of the Smashing Pumpkins.

The Pumpkins’ current lineup put out Monuments To An Elegy in December 2014, with Day For Night slated for release this year.

But the 48-year-old says he wouldn’t reunite with bassist D’arcy Wretzky, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha again, having previously described the trio as “two drug addicts and one major pain in the ass.”

Corgan tells Jennifer Weigal (via Loudwire): “I have no interest in doing anything that’s inorganic. I have people in my band now that I talk to – and they don’t want to talk to me and I don’t want to talk to them. If they were lying on the side of the road, I would stop my car and bring them to the hospital, but we don’t send Christmas cards to each other. There’s no relationship.

“When you’re talking about the natural human instinct to find forgiveness and heal a relationship, I think that never ends. That’s a human thing, it has nothing to do with the band or people creating memories. The business of it all, I find quite gross.

“I think people rarely get out of original reunions what they think they’re gonna get. Because when a relationship breaks there are times it’s not gonna get any better. It’s what it was for what it was, underneath a particular set of circumstances.

“There’s no temptation there for me for a reunion.”

Corgan last year took on a role with wrestling organisation TNA.

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